Despite sitting in a strong position ahead of the Players Championship final round, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy didn’t seem in the best of moods on Saturday.

The 29-year-old goes into Sunday in a share for second alongside Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, with the pair just one shot off Spaniard Jon Rahm.

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However, the PGA Tour have come in for plenty of criticism over the past three days, with slow play a major talking point at Sawgrass.

India’s Anirban Lahir failed to finish his round on Thursday due to slow play in front of him and had to head out early the next morning to complete his opening round.

And talking to the media, cited by the Telegraph, McIlroy was less than impressed to hear that Lahir was called in during his round.

The fact that someone didn’t finish yesterday, just being through daylight savings and the tee-times and someone had to come out today because there wasn’t enough light to finish, I mean, that’s unacceptable.

This is five hours and 40 minutes after our tee-time. I get that it can take five hours to play out there, but it shouldn’t take any over that. They don’t do anything about it. It’s become somewhat of an epidemic on Tour.

McIlroy then called for the Tour to become tougher on players who are found to be guilty of slow play.

Honestly, I think they should just be a little tougher and start penalising shots earlier and that would be an easy way to fix it.

The four-time major winner is searching for his first Players Championship, however, with just five shots separating 11 players, McIlroy will have to put in a faultless Sunday performance to claim his first Sawgrass title.